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The 21th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
May 2 – 6, 2018

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Cine Las Americas presents a selection of fifteen narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent fifteen countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films, and highlight a diversity of themes, genres, and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
OPENING NIGHT: El último traje OPENING NIGHT: The Last Suit Pablo Solarz Spain/ Argentina 92 min
CLOSING NIGHT: Kayak to Klemtu CLOSING NIGHT: Kayak to Klemtu Zoe Hopkins Canada 90 min
Arábia Araby João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa Brazil 98 min
Cocote Cocote Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias Dominican Republic 106 min
El vendedor de orquídeas The Orchid Seller Lorenzo Vigas Venezuela/ Mexico 75 min
Estiu 1993 Summer 1993 Carla Simón Spain 96 min
Gringo Rojo Red Gringo Miguel Ángel Vidaurre Chile 68 min
La memoria de mi padre My Father’s Memory Rodrigo Bacigalupe Lazo Chile 87 min
Las hijas de Abril April’s Daughter Michel Franco Mexico 103 min
Los versos del olvido Oblivion Verses Alireza Khatami France/ The Netherlands/ Germany/ Chile 92 min
Mi mejor amigo My Best Friend Martín Deus Argentina 90 min
Nadie Nobody Miguel Coyula Cuba 70 min
Niñas araña Spider Thieves Guillermo Helo Chile 94 min
Pariente Guilty Men Iván D. Gaona Colombia 115 min
Zama Zama Lucrecia Martel Argentina/ Brazil/ Spain/ France/ The Netherlands/ Mexico/ Portugal/ USA 115 min

Narrative Feature Competition

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas and Europe in a variety of genres and forms. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Narrative Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
El vigilante The Night Guard Diego Ros Mexico 75 min
Jovens Infelizes ou Um Homem que Grita Não é Um Urso que Dança Young and Miserable or a Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear Thiago B. Mendonça Brazil 127 min
Marisa en los bosques Marisa in the Woods Antonio Morales Spain 83 min
Tourments d’amour Torments of Love Caroline Jules France/ Guadeloupe/ French West Indies 54 min
Vigilia Being Awake Julieta Noemí Ledesma Argentina/ Uruguay 109 min

Documentary Features Competition

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five documentaries on a wide variety of topics, representing diversity in audio design, narrative style, and formal technique, with the common thread of including themes and points of view that are often underrepresented in popular media. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Documentary Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
52 Segundos 52 Seconds Javier Andrade Ecuador 93 min
El proyecto The Project Alejandro Alonso Cuba 60 min
Estado de Exceção State of Exception Jason O’Hara Brazil/ Canada 89 min
My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew Rick Tejada-Flores USA/ Bolivia 58 min
Nada queda sino nuestra ternura Nothing Is Left but Our Tenderness Sébastien Jallade Peru 69 min

Hecho en Tejas

Cine Las Americas presents “Hecho en Tejas,” a series of films and videos shot and/or produced in Texas, to showcase the wide variety of work being produced in the state by filmmakers with varied backgrounds. One feature film and seven short films are scheduled during this year’s festival. For a ninth consecutive year, Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas) A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas) Anne Lewis USA 66 min
Atmahaú Pakmát Atmahaú Pakmát Cameron G. Quevedo USA 25 min
Autopista Norte North Highway Andrés F. Torres USA 12 min
Calling Calling Artemis Anastasiadou USA 16 min
Hacia el sol Towards the Sun Monica Santis UK/USA 20 min
Hakla Stammer Tania Romero USA 20 min
Retornados The Returned Sarah M Kuck, Meredith Hoffman Honduras/ USA 17 min
The Allied King The Allied King Jason Outenreath Mexico/ USA 7 min

Narrative Shorts Competition

Cine Las Americas presents the narrative short film competition, which represents some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, from the abstract to the realistic, the tragic to the romantic, and everything in between. These films will open for features during the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Capacocha Capacocha Tomás Pernich Argentina 15 min
La hora de la merienda Teatime Alba González de Molina Spain 18 min
La suerte del salao Unlucky’s Luck Felipe Holguín Caro Colombia 16 min
Macanao Macanao Clarissa Duque Venezuela 12 min
My Soul is Old My Soul is Old Claudia González-Rubio Mexico 19 min

Documentary Shorts Competition

Cine Las Americas presents the documentary short film competition, which includes some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, representing individual and community topics and concerns in their contemporary contexts. These films will open for features during the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Abigail Abigail Isabel Penoni, Valentina Homem Brazil 17 min
Den Himmel Berühren Touch the Sky Rosa Baches Spain/ Germany 25 min
Palenque Palenque Sebastián Pinzón Silva Colombia 26 min
Sigo acá I’m Still Here Tana Gilbert Chile 15 min
Umunhum Umunhum Andy Miller, Robin Moore USA 12 min

Ambulante Showcase

Cine Las Americas presents a special showcase in partnership with Ambulante, a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Each of the documentary films in this series tackles issues that resonate not only in Mexico, but also internationally. The films selected reflect both organizations’ missions, in particular, support of documentary filmmaking as a means to promote discourse around important contemporary issues.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Batallas íntimas Intimate Battles Lucía Gajá Mexico 85 min
El sembrador The Sower Melissa Elizondo Mexico 86 min
Mi vida dentro My Life Inside Lucía Gajá Mexico 120 min
Nos faltan Missing Lucía Gajá, Emilio Ramos Mexico 5 min

Femme Frontera Showcase

In collaboration with Femme Frontera, Cine Las Americas presents the 2017 Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase. The selection includes women filmmakers from all over the world who challenge stereotypes and false perspectives about women, gender roles, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. The Femme Frontera showcase compliments Cine Las Americas’ mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding by expanding the regions of the world that are represented in this year’s programs.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria Stephanie Sinclair, Nichole Sobecki Nigeria 10 min
Do not Come to Europe Do not Come to Europe Minna Lundberg, Hanna Pousette, Pontus Joneström Sweden/ Uganda 13 min
Filip Filip Nathalie Alvarez Mesen Sweden 11 min
That Day Will Come That Day Will Come Sarah Hope USA 7 min
Raven Raven Razelle Benally USA 11 min
We Did not Fall from the Sky We Did not Fall from the Sky Tabs Breese, Georgia Oakley India/ UK 26 min
Windows Windows Maru Buendia-Senties USA 13 min

Official Selection Panorama, Features

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. This year’s Panorama feature film selection includes ten documentary titles. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the festival’s programs; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives, and aesthetic innovation.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Abrazos imborrables Unforgettable Hugs Pablo Hadis Argentina 93 min
Ceux qui viendront, l’entendront Those Who Come, Will Hear Simon Plouffe Canada 77 min
El reino de la Sirena The Mermaid Kingdom Luis Rincón Mexico/ Nicaragua 75 min
Jeffrey Jeffrey Yanillys Perez Dominican Republic/ France 78 min
La selva negra The Modern Jungle Charles Fairbanks, Saul Kak Mexico/ USA 71 min
Olancho Olancho Chris Valdes, Ted Griswold Honduras/ USA 70 min
Out of State Out of State Ciara Lacy USA 82 min
Por los camiones del sur On Southern Buses Sven Kirschlager, Sirio Magnabosco Germany/ Mexico 93 min
Si yo muero primero If I Die First Rodolfo Muñoz Ecuador 107 min
Ukamau y Ké That’s How It Is, and What! Andrés Ramírez Ecuador/ Bolivia 86 min

Official Selection Panorama, Shorts

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. This year’s Panorama short film selection includes nineteen titles including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated works. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the festival’s programs; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives, and aesthetic innovation.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com 2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com Thirza Cuthand Canada 5 min
Beneath the Trees Beneath the Trees Crystal Avila USA 20 min
Casting in Jaguey Grande Casting in Jaguey Grande Thomas Winston Cuba/ USA 15 min
DACAmented DACAmented St. Clair Detrick-Jules USA 17 min
Detroit’s Rivera Detroit’s Rivera Julio Ramos USA 35 min
Gifts of Silver Gifts of Silver Eddie Frost Chile/ UK 17 min
Kat Waj I Love You Teresa Jiménez Guatemala 18 min
Kitci Nehirowiskwew The Great Atikamekw Lady Sipi Flamand Canada 5 min
Lecciones de vuelo Flying Lessons Patricio Pino Hernández Chile 27 min
Mariah ¡qué baile! Dance, Mariah! Anita Abbasi, Martin Baena Canada 13 min
Merê Merê Urânia Munzanzu Brazil 17 min
Nacimientos Giving Birth Analicia López Canada/ Panama 8 min
Nan Isht Aiokpachi The Gift Steven Paul Judd USA 7 min
Ni una sola línea Not Even a Line Víctor E.D. Somoza Spain 17 min
Poliangular Poliangular Alexandra Castellanos Solís Mexico 8 min
Polvo de estrellas Stardust Aldo Sotelo Lázaro Mexico 14 min
Porgies & Bass Porgies & Bass Thomas Barnes USA 15 min
Taller protegido nº19 Protected Workshop #19 Danielle Hebscher, Fernando De Negro Canada/ Argentina 48 min
Tengo talento Dance with Your Heart Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi Cuba/ USA 10 min

Music Videos

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of fifteen music videos, representing diverse genres of music and filmmaking styles. The selection includes a set of five music videos in competition; five music videos in official selection, non-competition; and a special presentation of videos by the Mexican-based production company StereoSonique @stereosonico. The competition selections are eligible for an audience award for Best Music Video.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
All Nations Rise All Nations Rise Lyla June Johnston USA 5 min
Back Again Back Again Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante Mexico 3 min
Barlovento Barlovento Juanchi González Puerto Rico 4 min
Black Lipstick Black Lipstick Bernabé Bolaños USA 4 min
Blueboy Blueboy Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante, Stacy Perskie Mexico 3 min
Campesino Campesino Shireen Alihaji USA 3 min
Como quisiera Como quisiera Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante USA 4 min
Gospel No. 1 Gospel No. 1 Shireen Alihaji, Brandy Young USA 5 min
Make It Right (Dile) Make It Right (Dile) Olmeca USA 4 min
Marea de Lumbre Tide of the Flame Luis Horacio Pineda USA 4 min
Never Been Alone Never Been Alone Giovany Revelle USA 3 min
No Regreso No Regreso Hugo Rubiano USA/ Colombia 6 min
Sobrenatural Sobrenatural Vadim Lasca Venezuela 4 min
Todavía Todavía Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante Mexico 4 min
Vía Láctea Vía Láctea Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante, Stacy Perskie Mexico 4 min

Emergencia Youth Film Festival

Cine Las Americas presents the 2018 Emergencia Youth Film Festival. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year’s program includes special presentations by members of this year’s Youth Jury Members (youth from Latinitas and PHS Productions) and a retrospective film by the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective. We are also pleased to present the winning PSAs from this year’s YouthCam Contest. The Emergencia Youth Competition lineup represents a selection of eighteen titles from the USA and abroad. The films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
A Tale of Four Sisters A Tale of Four Sisters Emily Silva USA 2 min
A World in Motion A World in Motion Khue Tran, Makayla Moore, An Nguyen USA 3 min
Alone Alone Sara Eustaquio USA/ Portugal 1.5 min
Blanche’s Bichon Buzz Blanche’s Bichon Buzz Isabella Caroline Sharp USA 2 min
Calavera Calavera Adele Rankin USA 5 min
Carhop Carhop Alexander Puga, Monica Matute, Gabriella Gonzalez, Jewel Berrios USA 6.5 min
Celestial Anomaly Celestial Anomaly Jose Miranda, Abraham Serrano USA 3 min
Desconectada Disconnected Matheus Bosco Brazil 5 min
Enjoy the Show Enjoy the Show Gabby Fiszman, Dina Katgara USA 4 min
Find a Way Find a Way Akil Carrillo, Ellie Aronica USA 4.5 min
Hart Immigration Movie Hart Immigration Movie Hart Elementary Students USA 5 min
Latinitas Video Latinitas Video Latinitas Magazine USA 1.5 min
Lilly Hits the Road Lilly Hits the Road The Bum Family Canada 5 min
Memoria de los Revolucionarios Memories of the Revolution Miguel Salazar USA 1.5 min
Re-Painting the Mission Re-Painting the Mission Akil Carillo USA 3.5 min
Still Love Still Love Alexander Puga, Monica Matute USA 5 min
The Rich Man The Rich Man Say Sí Middle School Group Project USA 3 min
The Trail The Trail YCC Group Project USA 5 min
They Said, But. They Said, But. Marie Lambiase, Rauliz Paez, Rebecca Unubun, Rebecca Vu, Sophia Quigley, Tiffany Cespedes, Yeison DeLeon USA 1 min
What Now? What Now? Gregory Aragon USA 3 min
White Noise White Noise Say Sí Middle School Group Project USA 0.5 min
YouthCam Student PSAs YouthCam Student PSAs Var. Travis County High Schools USA

Latinitas Special VR Documentary Presentation

In collaboration with Latinitas, Cine Las Americas presents “Latinx Culture in East Austin,” a VR documentary. Students and mentors of Latinitas explore Latinx culture in East Austin by documenting longtime East Austin establishments and interviewing locals.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Latinx Culture in East Austin Latinx Culture in East Austin VR Cine Chicas Cohort USA